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2015 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Cleveland Central

2015 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Cleveland Central Photo by Danforth Johnson.

WFTDA playoffs begin with Division 2 in Cleveland, Ohio. Teams ranked 41-60 get invites to D2 playoffs, and are split into two brackets. The top two finishing teams this weekend will head to Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota November 6th-8th to take on the top two finishers from Detroit’s D2 bracket.

Return here all weekend long for your central update for scores, links to game recaps, and more! To watch the games live, go to WFTDA.tv.

D2C 5th Place: #7 St. Chux (#54) plucks #10 Brandywine (#62), 216-215

D2C 5th Place: #7 St. Chux (#54) plucks #10 Brandywine (#62), 216-215 Photo credit Danforth Johnson

CLEVELAND, OH — Prior to the weekend, #7 St. Chux (#54) and #10 Brandywine (#62) had never played each other historically. Following SCDC’s 216-215 come-from-behind victory in the playoff’s fifth place game, and the pair’s second meeting during the tourney that was decided by single-digits, one can only look forward to a continuation of the newfound rivalry next season.

D2C: #7 St. Chux (#54) advances past #8 Jet City (#57), 206-135

D2C: #7 St. Chux (#54) advances past #8 Jet City (#57), 206-135 Photo by Danforth Johnson.

When a team gets bounced into the consolation bracket on Friday in the ten-team WFTDA tournament structure, the highest finish it can achieve at playoff’s end is fifth place.

#7 St. Chux (#54) rebounded from Friday’s quarterfinal setback to Kansas City with a 206-135 victory over #8 Jet City (#57) Saturday afternoon to take one stride closer to its end goal.

D2C: #2 Kansas City (#45) controls #7 St. Chux (#54), 218-149

D2C: #2 Kansas City (#45) controls #7 St. Chux (#54), 218-149 Photo by Danforth Johnson.

CLEVELAND, OH — Despite #2 seed Kansas City Roller Warriors (#45) getting more overall penalties than #7 St. Chux Derby Chix (#54), their fresh legs gave them advantage over the Pack in Black who opened up the tournament at 10am. The sticky floor seemed to speed up the game at times, making play a bit loose and chaotic, while the grooves seemed to confuse jammers into cutting the track.

Kansas City’s strong 3 wall with one brace held strong throughout the 60 minutes, while St. Chux’s endurance began to suffer, holding them in at least a 40-point deficit throughout the second half, for a KCRW win 218-149.

D2C: #7 St. Chux (#54) outlasts #10 Brandywine (#62), 205-196

D2C: #7 St. Chux (#54) outlasts #10 Brandywine (#62), 205-196 Photo credit Danforth Johnson

CLEVELAND, OH — The launch of the WFTDA post-season got off to a flying start Friday morning and a topsy-turvy battle in the opening Division 2 quarterfinal qualifier saw #7 St. Chux outlast #10 Brandywine 205-196.

With the nine-point win, St. Chux enters the quarterfinal bracket later today to face second-seeded Kansas City at 4pm EDT.